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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Animation, perception, optical illusions, apparent motion

Introduction

Have you ever been tricked by an optical illusion? Optical illusions can be fun, but they are also quite scientific. In this activity you will investigate the phenomenon of apparent motion by making your own flipbook animations.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • 25 lined 3 X 5 inch index cards (or 50 3 X 2.5 inch cards cut from cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Two binder clips
  • Colored markers, highlighters, pencils or crayons
  • Volunteers
    Materials needed to do a science activity studying  flipbooks

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Animation, perception, optical illusions, apparent motion
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